Hunter Anzac Memorial Limted
Board of Directors

Brett Wild

Brett Wild

Brett wild is the founder & inaugural Chairman of the Hunter Anzac Memorial Limited – a charity started in 2018 to support Veterans and acknowledge their sacrifices from all wars and conflicts that the ADF has contributed to since federation.

Brett was self-employed during his early years mainly in rural and other enterprises. He started his military career after first joining the CMF – Citizens Military Force – a modern day Army Reserve. Afterwards he joined the 1/19th RNSWR and later transferred to the 21st Construction Regiment and becoming an Army Engineer – RAE. In 1999 Brett committed to CFTS – Continuous Fulltime Service at Army Personnel Agency where he spent the next 9 years having served at Special Operations Command, 8 CER, 5 CER and finally at the Special Forces Training Centre at Singleton where he was the Adjutant and Training Warrant Officer.

Brett accepted a medical discharge in 2008 and now lives with his partner Charmaine who owns her own boarding kennel for dogs and cats in the Hunter Valley.

Patrick McAllister
Director, Project Management

Patrick McAllister

Patrick joined the Australian Regular Army in 1989 as a soldier and was allocated to the Royal Australian Survey Corps.  He completed postings to the Army Survey Regiment and the 1st Topographical Survey Squadron before attending the Royal Military College, Duntroon, in 1994.  On graduation, he was allocated to the Royal Australian Engineers and his postings included the 17th Construction Squadron, the 2nd Combat Engineer Regiment, the Joint Incident Response Unit and the Incident Response Regiment.  He then transferred to the Active Reserve and over the period 2003 to 2010, held several positions within the 8th Combat Engineer Regiment, the 21st Construction Regiment and Headquarters Forces Command.

Patrick was employed as a Project Manager by construction company Hansen Yuncken in 2008 and he’s been their Newcastle and Northern NSW Operations Manager since 2010.  With expertise in developing and leading high-performance teams from multidisciplinary backgrounds, Patrick has significant experience on construction projects of varying scale and complexity for both Government and private clients.

Blending his military background and interest in military history with his construction management experience, Patrick looks forward to supporting the Charity’s current and future projects.

Craig Wade
Director, Policy & Governance

Craig Wade

Craig has worked in local government for 30+ years with particular emphasis on Procurement, Inventory Management, Purchasing and Contractor / Risk Management.

He was a proud army cadet in his youth.

Craig is a member of the AMVC (Australian Military Vehicle Collectors Club) and shares a passion for military vehicles history and restoration with other enthusiasts. He owns a Perentie Landrover and Trailer in ADF Configuration that he is proud to share with others on Anzac Day and other remembrance events.

Craig has always had a keen military interest in historical events, tactics and the individuals who served and sacrificed all for what we share today.

Craig looks forward to assisting the Hunter Anzac Memorial developing a legacy for future generations to enjoy and share as we remember all sacrifices and service with the Memorial Greta / Branxton and the Greater Hunter Region.

Frank Zeigler
Director, Governance, Policy & OHS

Frank Ziegler

Frank has been a Director of the Professional Divers Group since it was established. Frank is a Commercial Diving Supervisor in accordance with AS/NZS2299.1:2015 and has over 35 years experience including over 6,000 hours of commercially logged dive time throughout Australia and around the world.

Frank has a Masters degree in Occupational Health and Safety with his thesis on safety in the onshore commercial diving industry in Australia. He also has a Graduate Diploma in disaster and risk management. Frank has written and presented courses on behalf of PDS for the Victorian and South Australian Work Cover Authorities, training their inspectorate in all matters pertaining to commercial diving.

Director, Communications and Education Programs

Duncan Burck

Duncan is the Managing Director of MCB Business Partners. As an innovative, result-driven and experienced business manager with an extensive background in consulting on and managing projects for business, community organisations, government agencies and corporates in the areas of economic, workforce and business development.

Through his companies existing contracts with the NSW Department fo Education and the highly acclaimed STEM Industry Skills Partnership Program,  Duncan will be engaging his extensive network of education and industry contacts to develop innovative learning activities which will see Australia's military history and future opportunities being embedded in NSW and Australia; Human Society & Its Environment (HESI) and Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) curriculums. 

Duncan is excited to be part of the team, bringing Hunter Anzac Memorial Limited and its projects to life and our next gens. 

Hunter Anzac Memorial Limted

Barney Collins

Barney Collins

Director - EJE Architecture
Project Advisor & Architect
Branxton To Greta Memorial Cycleway
Benjamin Connell

Benjamin Connell

Principal - Emerge Business Advisors
Company Secretary & Accountant
David Olsen

David Dial OAM

Military Historian
Advisor: Branxton To Greta Memorial Cycleway, Education and Leanring Program Development
Tracey Breese_

Tracey Breese

Principal - Hunter School of Performing Arts
Next Generation Engagement
Learning Program Development

Craig Olsen

Legal Representation
Corporate Governance